Hidden Nuggets Series #84 – “…for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” – Galatians 6:7
No one understood the concept of “you reap what you sow” better than my grandfathers. Both of them loved to work the land. One was a large-scale farmer, plowing and harvesting acres of land. The other took the small-scale approach by planting a vegetable garden each spring.
That heritage spilled over into my mother and father. I remember about this time each spring, after the soil had thawed from the winter cold, dad would till a section of our backyard. We’d all then make a trip to the local nursery to pick out starter plants and little packages of seeds. Those seeds would go into the ground and with loving care, some sunshine and just the right amount of water, they would produce a harvest of vegetables we consumed all summer.
Something I never saw all those years though was a tomato plant that produced green peppers.
Whatever type of seed we sowed into the ground produced what the package said it would. Watermelon seeds became watermelons. Onions became onions. Eggplant became eggplant (sadly to my boyhood “forced-to-eat-it-at-dinner” dread…yuck!)
The fact that when we planted carrots we harvested carrots should not have been a surprise. It’s the simple concept of you reap what you sow. Whatever you put in, that’s what you’ll get out.
The Truth About Money: Reap What You Sow
Reaping what you sow isn’t an exclusively agrarian concept. It has application to many facets of life.
Your attitude towards others will impact how they treat you.
Your work ethic helps determine how far you’ll go.
How much time you spend with your children affects the depth of your relationship with them.
And how you view money will have massive implications on how much of it you accumulate.
How we choose to use our money is equivalent to the farmer sowing his seeds. If the farmer wanted, to he could keep his seeds in the package or feed them to the birds. It’s his choice. I wouldn’t care and neither would you if he went either route.
But what I don’t want to hear from the farmer is complaining that he doesn’t have a harvest to feed his family or to sell on the open market for a profit. He chose to sow the seeds to the birds. What was he expecting would happen…that the birds would turn into turnips?
The simple truth about money is this: Where you sow your dollars says a lot about what you value.
What you value now helps predict your financial health down the road. If you only sow to the frivolous activities of the present, your future will undoubtedly be bleak. You’ll end up having nothing to reap later on because you failed to use money in ways that would produce future rewards.
Some Suggestions for Sowing Money
What I’m really talking about here is where we direct our hard earned dollars. Of course what each of us thinks is important varies. Regardless of that, it should be our priority to sow our money in directions that will reap us something of value.
Consider these thoughts as you analyze where your money goes:
Sow to the necessities first – food, clothing, shelter, utilities and transportation
Sow to asset and personal protection – through the proper insurance products
Sow to get out of bondage – by breaking the chains of debt
Sow to build memories – through activities with family and friends
Sow to knowledge – by funding college and being committed to lifelong learning
Sow to those in need – by developing a giving plan
Sow to your self-preservation – by funding your retirement and striving for good health
Sow to your marriage – through creating special moments with your spouse
Sow to your future hopes and dreams – by practicing contentment and discipline in the present
It should never be a surprise that you will reap what you sow – even with your money. Put it in the right places. Care for it. Nurture it. Keep adding more to it.
Only then will you be able to reap what money was intended to provide – freedom and peace of mind.
Questions: What are you hoping money provides for you? How are you “working the ground” so to speak with your money right now? Do you agree with this truth about money that you reap what you sow? Does where you sow (spend, use) your money says a lot about what you value? Why do you think people are surprised their life turns out a certain way when they have managed money so poorly?
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